What this blog is about
This blog takes it's name from a phrase used by former Conservative minister Nick Boles in an article in the Times Newspaper. He referred to the present education system as "a ramshackle hodgepodge combining the ideological projects of successive education ministers (like me) with institutions designed to do a different job in a different age..."
This article by Nick Boles is just one example of a growing consensus among educators and politicians of all sides that the present education system in the UK is no longer fit for purpose. It needs radical change - and in this blog I aim to explore how we can bring about such change, how we can create an education system that equips young people to thrive in the 21st century.
The analysis and proposals in this blog will be based on four principles:
1. Developments in information technology, in particular the Internet and artificial intelligence, have fundamentally changed the relationship between human beings and knowledge.
2 Our education system must change significantly to take account of the implications of these developments in IT and their impact on society and the economy.
3. There is growing evidence of the damage that the present "ramshackle" system is doing to the mental health of many young people. We can only fix this with a fundamental rethink.
4. It is not sufficient just to rethink the curriculum. We must also examine our out-of-date institutional assumptions about education. We will only succeed in transforming learning if we look for new ways to use space, time and people.